Human- and Task-Centered Assistance Systems Minitrack

Contemporary Assistance Systems that support activities in daily and working life environments exist in various forms, such as stationary technology (e.g., smart home, robots), mobile technology (e.g., lifting aids, tablets) and wearable technology (e.g., head mounted displays, exo-skeletons). The primary goal of such systems and technologies is to assist human activities in order to improve life conditions by avoiding physical and psychological degeneration, improving existing human skills and abilities, compensating disabilities and increasing productivity in industrial production.

Whereas there are systems and approaches that aim to support humans by simply overtaking specific tasks (substitution), in recent years, there has been a stronger focus on so-called hybrid systems that merge human skills and abilities with the abilities of mechanical machines and computer devices.

In this sense, the consideration of "human" and "robot" as separate yet interacting systems within the human-robot collaboration approach as well as the hybridization of these systems within the human hybrid robot approach depicts this development. The range of possible interaction between humans and technical systems is constantly growing.

If we want to design Assistance Systems for daily and working life environments that are accepted and used by people, we have to consider human and technical features and their interrelations within one common framework (or as one hybrid system).

Approaches and concepts for person- and task-adapted support systems for applications in daily and working life will be subject of the mini track. Latest research on information acquisition, processing and output as well as human-machine interfaces will be discussed. In this context, issues of the individual and social acceptance of technologies, their adaptability, design, usability and functionality should be considered.

The minitrack addresses empirical and conceptual research as well as industry cases particularly welcoming interdisciplinary approaches. The aim of this mini track is to provide a forum for researchers to discuss a broad range of topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Approaches for individual and task adequate assistance systems
  • Interfaces between user and assistance system
  • User adapted system configuration and design
  • Interaction strategies
  • Safety strategies
  • Assistance Systems with integrated industry 4.0 principles
  • Strategies for acceptance improvement
  • Technical, economical, ethical, gerontological and social impacts of assistance system development and usage
  • Intelligent and learning algorithms
  • Modeling and simulation of hybrid human-machine systems
  • Anthropomorphism approaches
  • Behavioral, neurophysiological, and design aspects of human-machine interaction
  • Analysis, design, development and multi criterial evaluation of hybrid human-machine systems
  • Guidelines and standards

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Tobias Redlich (Primary Contact)
Helmut Schmidt University

Robert Weidner
Helmut Schmidt University

Jens P. Wulfsberg
Helmut Schmidt University

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